Simple Definition of receptacle
: a container that is used to hold something
: a device into which an electric cord can be plugged in order to provide electricity for a lamp, television, etc.
Full Definition of receptacle
2 [New Latin receptaculum, from Latin] a : the end of the flower stalk upon which the floral organs are borne b : a structure or tissue (as of a fungus or fern) bearing spores or sporangia
3 : a mounted female electrical fitting that contains the live parts of the circuit
Examples of receptacle in a sentence
She used the box as a receptacle for her jewelry.
<place all wrappers in the trash receptacles at the entrances of the theater>
Origin and Etymology of receptacle
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin receptaculum, from receptare to receive, frequentative of recipere to receive
First Known Use: 15th century
RECEPTACLE Defined for Kids
Definition of receptacle for Students
: something used to receive and hold smaller objects <a trash receptacle>
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